The Reincarnation of Dinesh Chandimal

Sri Lanka cricketer Dinesh Chandimal celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

From racing to firecracker knocks to attaining the maturity of Test match temperament is the message derived by the Sri Lankan Vice Captain Dinesh Chandimal’s 356-ball back to the wall 132-run redeeming knock. After a low key series with the bat, Chandimal cut out the brazen that stands out true test batsman ship in pulling the team out of the rut of 5 for 29 in that first lease play out of the third test at the SSC. Standing there in a misty lonely looking scenario joined by newcomer Dhananjaya de Silva after the frontline had crumbled was certainly meek hearted making a setting; the demoralizing type of match situation where the realization is that dependence rested squarely on his… Read More →

Finch, Smith set up Australia win

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Aaron Finch and Steven Smith hit fifties to help Australia navigate a tricky chase and defeat a determined Sri Lanka by three wickets in the first One-Day International in Colombo on Sunday (August 21). Australia, which endured its first series whitewash against the home side in the preceding three-Test series, needed 46.5 overs to chase down Sri Lanka’s 227 for 8 at the R Premadasa Stadium to go 1-0 up in the five-match series. That Sri Lanka was restricted to a total below 250 was thanks to James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc, who became the fastest to reach 100 wickets in his 52nd match. The two left-arm pacemen shared seven wickets between them after Australia opted to bowl. Finch (56)… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s historic clean sweep over Aussies marks New Order

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The historic 3-nil clean sweep of Australia in the Murali-Warner home Test series in bouncing back from a recent holocaust rounded off by a 163-run win by Sri Lanka in the third Test at the SSC significantly marked the advent of a new order; a new order that has taken over the torch putting the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara into the good old past. The SSC triumph breathed a new fragrance to Sri Lankan cricket; the arrival of the new generation from 21-year old Kusal Mendis to 24-year old Dhananjaya de Silva, 21-year old Lakshan Sandakan in what was a telling mixture of youth and experience with several trump ups in the ranks. If skipper Angelo Mathews… Read More →

ACC Opens New Head-office in Sri Lanka, The Hub of Cricket in Asia

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In a momentous occasion in Sri Lanka’s cricketing history, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced that it has established its Head-office at Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7, at a high profile event on 20th August 2016. The occasion was graced by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister of Sports and Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively, in the presence of other eminent personalities. The decision of the ACC to set up its permanent address in Sri Lanka was facilitated by overwhelming support from Sri Lanka Cricket and the Government of Sri Lanka, both of which helped pave the way for ACC’s entry into Sri Lanka. This move will strengthen Sri Lanka’s position as the nerve… Read More →

Sri Lanka squad for first & second ODI Matches

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on 17th August 2016, the National Selectors named the following players for the 1st & 2nd ODI Matches. 1. Kusal Janith Perera 2. Kusal Mendis 3. Tilakarathna Dilshan 4. Dinesh Chandimal – Vice Captain 5. Angelo Mathews – Captain 6. Dhanajaya De Silva 7. Milinda Siriwardana 8. Avishka Fernando 9. Danushka Gunathilaka 10. Nuwan Pradeep 11. Suranga Lakmal 12. Thisara Perera 13. Dilruwan Perera 14. Seekuge Prasanna 15. Lakshan Sandakan 16. Amila Aponsu

Herath jumps to fifth in Test bowler rankings

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Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has returned to the top five of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after registering his seventh 10-wicket haul which helped Sri Lanka to win the third Test by 163 runs and the series 3-0. Herath, 38, recorded figures of six for 81 and seven for 64 in the Colombo Test, which has helped him to move three places up to fifth in the latest rankings which were released on Thursday morning. This is Herath’s highest-ranking since he achieved fourth spot following the Wellington Test against New Zealand in January 2015. The bowlers’ list is headed by England’s James Anderson, who leads India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin by 12 points. Dale Steyn,… Read More →

Seven-star Herath sets up Sri Lankan sweep

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Rangana Herath, the veteran left-arm spinner, took 7 for 64 as Sri Lanka completed a dominant 163-run win over Australia in the third and final Test on Wednesday (August 17), knocking Steve Smith’s men off the top of the ICC Test rankings chart after a 3-0 clean sweep. Australia was set a target of 324 for a consolation win on the final day at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club after Sri Lanka declared its second innings closed at 347 for 8, but crumbled after a bright start to be bowled out before tea for 160. Dilruwan Perera, the off-spinner, picked up two wickets while Moises Henriques was run out as Sri Lanka’s spinners continued to maintain their stranglehold over the Australian… Read More →

Sri Lanka U19s whitewash England U19s

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Avishka Fernando hit his second century in consecutive matches as Sri Lanka’s Under-19s completed a 3-0 whitewash in the Royal London One-Day Series with a 24–run win in Canterbury. Fernando’s 134-ball 138 had 15 fours and 4 sixes while fellow opener Jayalath managed a solid 67 from 94 balls. Fast-bowler Ben Green captured 3 wickets while George Panayi and Ben Twohig picked up two wickets apiece. In reply, England managed only to score 276 for 9 in their quota of 50 overs as the disciplined Sri Lankan U19s bowling attack defended their score of 300. Leg-spinner, Wanidu Hasaranga bagged 3 wickets for the visitors while left-arm spinner Damitha Silva and fast-bowler Lahiru Kumara picked two wickets each. Brief Scores: Sri… Read More →

Silva century opens up 288-run lead for Sri Lanka

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A battling century from Kaushal Silva gave Sri Lanka a 288-run second innings lead on the fourth day of the third and final Test of the series against Australia at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Tuesday (August 16). Sri Lanka, which is looking at a rare series whitewash after winning the first two Tests, was 312 for 8 with only one day left in the game. Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored a century in the first innings, was unbeaten on 44 with Suranga Lakmal on naught at close of play. The day belonged to Silva, who had six stitches on the webbing of the little finger of his left hand after injuring himself while fielding on Monday. Silva, 30,… Read More →

Heroic Dhananjaya de Silva the Yul Brynner of cricket

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Coming tops in 5 wickets down for 26 dire situations that would usually simply devour a greenhorn are the type of heroics on which stars are born; What is more in such middle order situations that had progressively been Sri Lanka’s bogey in recent years. Walking to the middle with the cream of the batting back in the pavilion, it took some cricket savvy and guts to do what ton up young Dananjaya de Silva did. The 24-year old lad, who just over a fortnight ago told me with a laugh here and there that it was softball cricket that led him on a cricket career, indeed carved out an incredible innings; an innings importantly built on sheer confidence of… Read More →